Elon Musk turns down Hamas invite, citing dangerous conditions in Gaza

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.29 - 2023 11:54 AM CET

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Elon Musk, the renowned US entrepreneur, has expressed his concerns about the current situation in Gaza, deeming it too risky for a visit at this moment. This statement came in response to an invitation extended by Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic political organization with an associated military wing, known as the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which is designated as a terrorist organization by several countries including the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and others.

In a recent post on the social network formerly known as Twitter, Musk stated, "Seems a bit dangerous there right now, but I do believe that a long-term prosperous Gaza is good for all sides." His cautious stance highlights the complexities and dangers currently associated with the Gaza Strip.

This response followed an invitation from Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, urging Musk to visit Gaza to witness the aftermath of what Hamdan described as a massacre committed by Israel against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Musk's recent visit to Israel included meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog.

During his trip, Musk visited Kibbutz Kfar Aza, one of the Israeli communities heavily affected by the Hamas attack on October 7.

Musk expressed solidarity with Netanyahu's view on Hamas and showed interest in aiding Israel to demilitarize and de-radicalize Gaza post-conflict, emphasizing his vision of a peaceful and prosperous future for the region.

The situation in Gaza remains a complex and sensitive issue, with ongoing tensions and security concerns. Musk's cautious approach reflects the challenges faced by international figures in engaging with this volatile region.